School Open House is a Chance to Explore Catholic Education
St. Pius X School will host its 7th Annual Open House at 1061 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 6:30-8:00 PM. This event is an opportunity for members of the school's surrounding communities to explore the value of a Catholic education and to experience a sampling of the many great things that happen there each day. Current and prospective parents and students, parishioners, and community members can tour classrooms; meet Principal Darren Smith and the school's faculty and staff; discover its technology lab; hear the St. Pius X School choirs and ukulele band; and make a small art project with the art teacher. The parish's recently renovated Hohman Hall, which houses its youth ministry and after-school latchkey program, will be open to tour, and representatives from the St. Pius X Athletic Association and the St. Pius X School Board will also be present. This year's open house is being held during national Catholic Schools Week (January 29-February 2, 2018, Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.) to underscore the larger, Catholic educational community and to participate in some of the week's special events.
As a member school of the Diocese of Columbus Department of Education, St. Pius X serves students in preschool-Grade 8 from the Catholic communities of St. Pius X in Reynoldsburg and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Pickerington. Graduates of St. Pius X matriculate to local Catholic high schools -- Bishop Hartley High School (Columbus), Newark Catholic High School (Newark), or St. Charles Preparatory High School (Columbus) -- or to the students' local public school systems, particularly Reynoldsburg and Pickerington. While priority is given each year to Catholic parish applicants from St. Pius X and Seton, approximately 14% of its student body comes from other Catholic parishes or are non-Catholic community members. The school currently includes students from the public districts of Licking Heights, Southwest Licking, Reynoldsburg, Pickerington, Columbus, Groveport Madison, and Canal Winchester. St. Pius X School offers busing from and to surrounding communities, and it does not discriminate based upon religious affiliation. Principal Darren Smith commented, "For non-Catholic families considering a switch from public to Catholic schooling, it's important to understand that we do not proselytize to our students. While religion class is required at every grade level, our experience has been that students who are not Catholic enjoy the class because it allows them to participate in spiritual activities and provides an environment for them to discuss real world issues."
For over 55 years, St. Pius X School has established a tradition of academic excellence in preparing students for secondary education and it consistently produces well-rounded individuals who excel in both local public and Catholic high schools. Each year, St. Pius X students perform at a very high level on the national TerraNova, a series of standardized achievement tests used to assess K-12 student achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students receive a broad education to enrich them. Beyond the standard academic classes of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, reading, and religion, each week students receive classes in technology use, music, physical education, art, Spanish, and library and media skills. Students participate weekly in all-school Masses. They have opportunities to participate in many organized athletic teams and extracurricular clubs/activities, and the school sponsors regular all-school service projects and an annual, family "Service Night" to foster the love and care of neighbor.
If a student needs additional academic or developmental support, St. Pius X School has an intervention specialist, a school counselor, a reading and math specialist, and a speech therapist on campus. The school is currently in process to become a Jon Peterson Special Needs (JPSN) Scholarship Program provider. This program provides funding for services to eligible students. The school anticipates completing this process by the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
"Catholic education is a balanced one. It nourishes body, mind, and spirit, all the while taking advantage of the many gifts God gives us," said Principal Smith. "From rational and logical reasoning in science, math, and technology; to physical movement and athletic accomplishment in sports and physical education; to the beauty of expression in language, art and music, education should develop the whole person. We look forward to getting to know you better on January 30!"
If you would like more information about St. Pius X School or its Open House on January 30, 2018, please contact the school office at 614-866-6050 ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.